Germans criticise the Danes for creating a fortress of myth with a new border


Friday, 01 July 2011
German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, has sharply criticizes Denmark and requires the EU to examine whether Denmark's new border is in line with EU laws.
“I expect that the European Commission as guardian of EU treaties examine whether the Danish decision is in line with European legislation,” she says to the news paper, Hamburger Abendblatt in a comment that will be published in the paper on Saturday.

In the European Parliament, the German Christian Democrat, Manfred Weber, called the Danish decision as unacceptable. He urges that the European Commission should intervene and stop the new permanent border controls.


The agreement, which the Liberal government has signed with the Danish People's Party and the Christian Democrats, means that at the border crossing on the highway, a new control system will be set up.
The speed of vehicles from Germany to Denmark to be lowered.

Agreement on border controls between the Danish government and the Danish people’s party  in recent months has led to the EU to raised doubts about whether it is contrary to EU rules on free movement and the Schengen Agreement on open borders.

EU Commission said in mid-May that it had "serious concerns" over the Danish plans to introduce border controls to curb international crime.

At one point there was a wave of diplomatic activities between Denmark and neighbouring countries, so high that Danish Foreign Minister,  Lene Espersen had to go on a charm offensive to reassure her colleagues in Berlin, Stockholm and Brussels that Denmark meant no disrespect and harm.

The border agreement was the Danish People's Party price for supporting economic authority bill which the Danish government want to pass so as to bring Demark out of another deep depression.

On Wednesday the European Parliament will discuss changes to the Schengen Agreement with the responsible EU Commissioner, Swedish Cecilia Malmstr´┐Żm. And in this context, it is expected that EU MPs will put pressure on the commissioner to get it tough on Denmark.
By Team

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